An Illustrated Dictionary of The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

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Overview

The myths and beliefs of the great pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica have baffled and fascinated outsiders ever since the Spanish Conquest. Yet, until now, no single-volume introduction has existed to act as a guide to this labyrinthine symbolic world.The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya is the first-ever English-language dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and religion. Nearly 300 entries, from accession to yoke, describe the main gods and symbols of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya, Teotihuacanos, Mixtecs, Toltecs, and Aztecs. Topics range from jaguar and jester gods to reptile eye and rubber, from creation accounts and sacred places to ritual practices such as bloodletting, confession, dance, and pilgrimage. In addition, two introductory essays provide succinct accounts of Mesoamerican history and religion, while a substantial bibliographical survey directs the reader to original sources and recent discussions. Dictionary entries are illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned line drawings. Mary Miller and Karl Taube draw on their research in the fast-changing field of Maya studies, and on the latest Mexican discoveries, to produce an authoritative work that will serve as a standard reference for students, scholars, and travelers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500279281
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: Paperback Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 383,229
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ellen Miller is the Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Her previous books include The Art of Mesoamerica.

Karl Taube is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Riverside. Conversant in Yucatec Mayan,
Professor Taube has conducted archaeological and ethnographic research in Yucatn, and is a leading scholar of Mesoamerican writing and iconography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

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    This book is aimed more twards the Aztec then the Maya. They take a second seat. If your more into Mayan writing and symbols theres better books out there. Its still an interesting book to flip threw, buy a used one thats low priced. They need to take the Maya off the end of the title if they reprint it to be fair. Better books out there but its something to add to the Yucatan personal library. If you have read alot of the good books out there, your likely to be a little disappointed reading this one.

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